A BioBlitz is a light-hearted biological survey that provides the chance for naturalists and members of the public to explore and learn together.
As well as raising awareness of biodiversity and the importance of biological recording, it can also generate genuinely useful …Read More
The Royal Parks cover approximately 5,000 acres, making an enormously important contribution to open space and wildlife habitats in the capital.
Such a wide area means that there is a lot of wildlife to be recorded. The Royal Parks’ data currently account for nearly 10% of …Read More
Tanya Broadfield, London Fire Brigade Environment Adviser GiGL works with the great and the good in London conservation and development. But the services that GiGL provides are of use to more organisations than you might expect. One of GiGL’s less obvious partners explains all. The London Fire Brigade is the third largest fire fighting organisation…Read More
Helen Babbs, London Wildlife Trust’s Communications Officer, introduces some of the ways the Trust links to the GiGL website. Mandy Rudd, GiGL Director, flags another way for partners to make use of GiGL’s website. London Wildlife Trust’s website excites visitors about London’s wildlife and encourages them to get involved, whether by getting stuck into some…Read More
‘Imagine you are walking through a field in summer. You might think you were in the heart of the country, but you could equally be in the middle of London where urban wastelands … previously developed land that has been abandoned by people and reclaimed by nature … bring people closer to nature.’ ‘Brownfield? Greenfield?’ London Wildlife Trust and the London Brownfields Forum, 2002.Read More
GiGL has been working with the GLA since long before either organisation existed. John Archer, Principal Policy Officer at the GLA and GiGL’s steering group chair explains. The London Ecology Unit, which was later absorbed into the GLA, was one of the key partners in GiGL’s precursor – the London Wildlife Trust’s Biological Recording Project.This…Read More
Matt Davies and Lauren Alexander, GiGL’s data team, give an overview of GiGL’s data holdings and the process of inputting and extracting information from the database. GiGL may be ten years old, but the records that GiGL holds cover a much broader time span, dating from 1843 (Charles Darwin, Down House) to May 2006 (Jo…Read More
Alison Fure, Furesfen Ecological Consultancy. Not many consultants pass records on to biodiversity records centres, although it is in the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management’s code of conduct to do so. I always ask and some clients are pleased to allow their data to be used in this way. A few refuse and obviously…Read More
The London Underground network may not be the first place to spring to mind when you think of good wildlife habitat. But large parts of the outer reaches of the network run above ground and adjacent to a variety of trackside habitats. A recent report has confirmed that the Underground network is home to a wealth of wildlife. Badgers, water voles and grass snakes are just a few of the protected species to be found.Read More